GENEALOGY AND HISTORY SITES THAT ARE FREE TO ACCESS AND FREE TO USE

Hard to find but free places where you can research genealogy on line, without having to pay. Your comments and feedback are welcome to any post.

About me: Jerry E. Reed
First and foremost, I am a seasoned voice talent and media/public relations specialist with many other interests. I have been helping businesses with their narrations, presentations, commercials, and more all of my adult life.
For more information about Jerry Reed - Voice Talent visit:
http://jerryreed.com

I am also a genealogist, a
n avid photographer, and artisan bread baker.
My genealogy interest began before personal computers were a family "must have." Personal genealogy computer research has blossomed in the past 15 years. It wasn't long before someone decided that they could charge for information that should be free and in the public domain. I have always been frustrated by that. Now, thousands and thousands of pages of useful facts are coming on line daily in free-to-access digital archives located all over the world. So, I'm constantly searching for new sources of free on line material. Blog updates follow this section and all links are added to the master list below the new posts.
Updates are posted when
I discover another new source or when something I have already reviewed gets a major update.
Have fun and enjoy.
Note: if you find a link no longer works, please let me know so I can research and update it.



Saturday, December 6, 2008

Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War

This site concentrates on two communities: Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania curing the US Civil War. This gem of digital documents includes thousands of letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, plus census and church records left by men and women from the two counties during the period of the war and reconstruction period after. The collection is broken into three destinct time periods: Fall 1859 - Spring 1861; Spring 1861 - Spring 1865; & Spring 1865 - Fall 1870. My only disappointment with this site is the fact that, with a few exceptions, original document scans are not available. This is a text based archive, transcribed from the originals. Here's the link:
valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/

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